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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  1 October 1968 (USA)
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A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duane Jones ...
Karl Hardman ...
Marilyn Eastman ...
Keith Wayne ...
Judith Ridley ...
Kyra Schon ...
Charles Craig ...
S. William Hinzman ...
Zombie (as Bill Heinzman)
George Kosana ...
Frank Doak ...
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ...
Field Reporter
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Washington Scientist


Barbra and Johnny visit their father's grave in a remote cemetery when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbra manages to get away and takes refuge in what seems to be an abandoned farm house. She is soon joined by Ben who stopped at the house in need of gas. Beset by the walking dead all around them Ben does his best to secure the doors and windows. The news reports are grim however with creatures returning to life everywhere. Barbra and Ben are surprised when they realize there are 5 people hiding out in the basement: Harry, Helen and Judy Cooper; and a young couple, Tom and Judy. Dissensions sets in almost immediately with Harry Cooper wanting to be in charge. As their situation deteriorates, their chances of surviving the night lessen minute by minute. Written by garykmcd

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1 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Laugh Track: Night of the Living Dead  »

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$114,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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At between 51 and 52 minutes into the film, going by the Elite laserdisc/DVD release, there is a very visible jump cut. The distributors wanted some of the "talky" bits trimmed down, so, about 6 minutes was cut from a basement scene involving the Coopers. The jump is quite clearly visible because at one point Harry is facing one direction and then immediately in the next frame, he is facing another. See more »


During the body-eating scene, one of the zombies can be seen looking at the camera for just a split second before taking a bite out of the 'human flesh'. See more »


Johnny: [Noticing nobody in the cemetary] Why isn't no one around?
Barbara: Well, it's late. You could of gotten up earlier.
Johnny: Well, look, I already lost an hour of sleep to the time change.
Barbara: I think you complain just to hear yourself talk!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) See more »


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Not only one of the greatest horror / independent films ever made, but one of the greatest films ever made period
18 December 2004 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I often wonder if George Romero was knowing that this was going to become one of the most influential films ever made when he sat down to write the screenplay. Few other b-movies have had such great cinematography, direction, dialog, and acting. You can say what you want about "Dawn of the Dead", but this shall always be the foremost zombie horror film in my mind.

The plot involves the radiation from a fallen satellite is causing the recently deceased to rise from their graves to feast off the living's flesh. They can only be killed by a blow to the head. A group of people, in need of protection from the hordes, barricade themselves in an abandoned farmhouse. They are pretty much lead by as young black man named Ben, a resourceful person trying to protect himself and the others.

Surprising as it may sound, the human drama involved is just as suspenseful as the zombies outside the house. It shows how human beings panic in the time of terror, and will stop at nothing to protect themselves and none others. Definitely one of the top ten horror films ever made. (10/10)

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